Sunday, July 10, 2011

Joan Marsh and Thomas Gomez

Who was born on this date:

Actress Joan Marsh was born on July 10, 1913 and she made her first film appearance as an infant in the Universal Pictures film Hearts Aflame (1915), billed as Dorothy Rosher. After a number of baby roles, Marsh became a child star in Pickford films such as Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) and Pollyanna (1920). Marsh made her last film appearance as a child in 1921, and returned to films with a role in King of Jazz (1930), in which she sang with Bing Crosby. She played W.C. Fields' daughter in You're Telling Me! (1934). She continued in small roles until the early 1940s. During production of Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937), Marsh met and later married Charles Belden, who had co-written the film's screenplay. The marriage ended in divorce in 1943, and the following year Marsh made her final film appearance in Follow the Leader (1944). She on August 10, 200 in Ojai, California and her cremated remains were given to family with final disposition being unknown.

Actor Thomas Gomez was born on July 10, 1905 in New York City. He began his acting career in theater during the 1920s and made his first film Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror in 1942 and by the end of his career had appeared in sixty films. He received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film Ride the Pink Horse (1947). His other film roles include Who Done It? (1942), Key Largo (1948), Force of Evil (1948), The Conqueror (1956) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). A frequent performer on television, Gomez also appeared in guest roles in such series as The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Ed, Burke's Law, The Virginian, It Takes a Thief, Bewitched and Gunsmoke. Gomez had many notable stage roles and replaced Leo McKern as Thomas Cromwell in the original Broadway run of A Man for All Seasons. He died in Santa Monica, California on June 18, 1971 from injuries sustained in a car accident and is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles., author of "Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950"

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